Since June 20th, the Bartoux gallery has played host to a unique exhibition dedicated to the Colombian master, Fernando Botero. Now 87, the artist lives and works a good part of the year in the Principality. The exhibition is a regrouping of thirty of his finest works. An auction will be held on July 21st for the Prince Albert II Foundation. Art admirers and collectors are on standby…

Born in Medellin in 1932, Fernando Botero is probably one of the most sought-after artists for art lovers. Beginning with his Still Life with Mandolin, one of his first great success, the painter-sculptor has refined his style, which is continuously inspired by pre-Columbian and popular art.

A visual delight

This exhibition at the Bartoux gallery is a great opportunity to be able to admire the painter’s masterful approach for free until July 31. About thirty of the artist’s exceptional works are on display until the auction. A fitting site for the artist who loves Monaco so much that he has his own atelier on the quai Antoine Ier. All periods of the artist’s œuvre are being represented, including his work around the circus in the early 2000s. In each work, we find the burlesque characters who built his reputation.

“In the history of twentieth-century art, there are only a dozen artists have managed to create a universal work,” proclaimed Robert Bartoux to our colleagues in Nice-Matin. For the most affluent visitors, an auction will be held on July 21st. In case some would like to have a Botero at home…

*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.